Saturday 9: These Boots Were Made for Walkin'
The Further Adventures of Grumpy Walker


Last weekend we went to Lower Perkiomen Valley Park for a nice long walk along Perkiomen Creek. This park is lovely! It has ball fields, picnic pavilions, secluded picnic spots, and a wide paved trail. It's not as rife with superhero cyclists as the Schuylkill River Trail, which I appreciate! There's a little dam at one point, which reminds me of the deadly Brookmont/Little Falls Dam on the Potomac.

May 18, 2016
Perkiomen Valley Park

We left the paved trail for a bit to stay close to the creek. All in all, we walked just about two miles.

May 18, 2016
Sky Reflection

Meanwhile, our little sidewalk by the river offers its own scenic sights. I do like this walk along the river. I have a couple routes that I take, depending on how I feel on any given day. There's the up-and-back walk, where I walk from the back door of our building up to the remains of a lockhouse and back again. That's about 1.2 miles, but I've stretched it to 1.3 by circling around to the front door.

May 18, 2016
Shallow Spot

Then there's the long way, where I cross the street at the lockhouse, continue on the trail across the field, and pick up the Schuylkill River Trail. That's a nice walk through the woods past the Betzwood Studio buildings. It's a bit over 1.5 miles.

May 18, 2016

The only thing to watch out for is the superhero cyclists. Man oh man, they come up so fast behind you that you don't even know they're there until you see them ahead of you. And 99% don't warn you either! I've been tempted to snarkily holler "I'm on your right!" but they wouldn't hear me. They'd already be too far away. I stick very close to the edge of the trail to give them as much room as I can. It's practically impossible to enjoy yourself on a nice weekend because the trail is packed with pelotons. You'd think it was the Tour de France.

Well, there's always Lower Perkiomen Valley Park!